Emmanuel Ogbah Earns National Defensive Player of the Week

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Big 12 announced yesterday that Emmanuel Ogbah earned a share of the Big 12 defensive player of the week. On Tuesday, Emmanuel Ogbah earned the distinction of the AutoNation National Defensive Player of the Week as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. He is also the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week, it was announced today.Ogbah leads the Big 12 and ranks fourth nationally with 7.5 sacks. His 11.0 tackles for loss leads the Big 12 and ranks fifth in the nation.“You watch the games on Sundays and see the beating that NFL quarterbacks take and you wonder why in the world anyone would want to be an NFL quarterback these days. Well, Emmanuel Ogbah creates that for us,” Mike Gundy said earlier this week.AdChoices广告The #EManOKST train is on a roll.last_img read more

Expectations Need to be Recalibrated for RB Jeff Carr

first_imgIn a preseason that generated plenty of buzz surrounding true freshman running back Jeff Carr, that buzz has yet to turn into meaningful on-field production up to this point.Just a week before the season began, Mike Gundy told reporters that he expected Carr to touch the ball 12-15 times. “We’d like to have him up and running by the middle of October,” he said.Today marks the middle of October, and it’s clear Carr is not prepared to tote the ball 12-15 times. Not yet anyway.Working in an offense that hasn’t run blocked as well as many expected, there are several major factors that have played against Carr – including his lack of size and apparent indecisiveness as a runner. That’s not to say that Carr doesn’t have a bright future; his shiftiness and speed are going to be a nightmare for the opposition in the future – but the lofty expectations headed into the season for Carr seem a little unfair now, and it’s time those expectations be recalibrated.AdChoices广告 While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up.last_img read more

Photos: Oklahoma State-Tulsa

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Our photographer Jackson Lavarnway was on hand for Oklahoma State’s monster win over Tulsa on Thursday in Stillwater, and he got some fabulous shots. Hope you guys enjoy them.AdChoices广告last_img read more

Rashford wastes chance to leave England facing tricky tie

first_imgWorld Cup Rashford wastes chance as Januzaj takes his to leave England facing tricky Colombia tie Ronan Murphy Last updated 1 year ago 04:03 6/29/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Marcus Rashford England 2018 World Cup Getty Images World Cup England England v Belgium Belgium Opinion Powerade Gareth Southgate made a raft of changes to his team but was forced to settle for second spot in World Cup Group G behind Belgium England will take their chances in the so-called easier half of the draw as they face Colombia in the last 16 of the World Cup following a 1-0 defeat to Belgium.The Red Devils, on the other hand, take on Japan in what should be a very winnable game en route to the quarter-finals.With both teams on six points heading into the final Group G tie in Kaliningrad, England and Belgium were both assured of their places in the knockout stage. This meant that many fringe stars from each side were offered a chance to make an impression for a starting spot in the next round. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar While Belgium’s Adnan Januzaj took his chance with a brilliant finish, England’s best opportunity fell to Marcus Rashford, who fluffed his lines and probably ruined his chance of starting a game in Russia.A match with so many changes from both teams was never going to be a momentous one. It wrote its name in the history books, but only for the fact that 17 changes broke the record for combined first-team alterations at a World Cup. England named eight new starters from the team that had beaten Panama 6-1 while Roberto Martinez kept just goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and defender Dedryck Boyata from Tunisia’s conquerors.Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold became the fourth teenager to start for England at a World Cup , making only his second ever international appearance. The 19-year-old was confident on the ball, but sometimes found it difficult to deal with Belgium’s tricky winger Thorgan Hazard. Despite all the talk of Harry Kane getting the Golden Boot , the Tottenham striker watched from the bench as Jamie Vardy ran around a lot to little effect.Rashford was also chosen up front, where his pace caused Belgium’s makeshift defence problems, but spurned the Three Lions’ best opportunity of the game when he broke through on goal, firing a curled effort past Courtois’ left-hand post. The Manchester United forward really should have at least got his shot on target, having brilliantly set up a one-on-one which would have levelled the match.A former United teenager was the man who gave Belgium the lead, taking his chance where Rashford couldn’t. Januzaj took a brilliant touch inside the England penalty area, outwitting Danny Rose to create space for a shot, which he brilliantly turned into the net to leave Jordan Pickford with no chance. The quality of the finish will have given Martinez plenty to think about for the knockout stages, offering another option in an already abundantly-potent attack.Marcus Rashford England Belgium World Cup 2018Ahead of England’s game with Panama, many pundits and fans were calling for Rashford’s inclusion, with the hope that a run-out against the minnows might help give the United forward a chance to build his confidence. Instead, he was offered an opportunity by Southgate against Belgium’s B-side, but failed at the crucial moment, meaning any suggestions of him replacing Raheem Sterling in the line-up will fall upon deaf ears as England look for a first knockout round win since 2006.Danny Welbeck was introduced off the bench with just over 10 minutes remaining, pushing Rashford to right wing-back, further limiting his ability to get on the scoresheet. While it showed the versatility Southgate sees in the teenager, it was also indicative of the England manager’s concerns that Rashford can not be relied upon to provide goals at crucial moments.On the other hand, Januzaj received a warm embrace from Martinez when he was withdrawn, matching the rapturous applause he got from the Belgium fans. His replacement Dries Mertens had started the previous two games for Belgium and also wanted to stay in the manager’s plans, producing a brilliant late shot that forced Pickford into a full-stretch save.Colombia await England in Moscow on July 3, with the winner facing either Switzerland or Sweden in the next round. But, with Colombia full of confidence after back-to-back wins, Southgate’s men have a difficult task of making it further in the tournament. Rashford’s miss could prove costly to both him and his country.last_img read more

Mumbai Indians’ victory parade brings city to a halt as fans celebrate IPL 2019 win

first_img not out Jasprit Bumrah J. Bumrah Match Ended Indian Premier League, 2019 Time: (GMT) | 19:30 (Local Time) Indian Premier League, 2019 2 Square Leg All batsmen are considered right handed vs Chennai CHE covers Rohan Sen MumbaiMay 13, 2019UPDATED: May 13, 2019 21:26 IST The victory parade of close to 6 kilometers saw Mumbai Indians players sharing their joy with the fans (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSThosuands of fans lined up the streets of Mumbai for MI’s victory paradeMI players and support staff rode in an open bus from Antilia to their team hotel in Nariman PointMumbai Indians defeated Chennai Super Kings by 1 run in IPL 2019 final to lift their 4th titleMumbai Indians’ open-bus parade in Mumbai took place on Monday evening as thousands turned up to cheer for the players and the support staff following their IPL 2019 triumph a day before in Hyderabad.The franchise owners organised a get-together with the fans at Antilia (Mukesh Ambani’s house) and they rode in an open bus through the streets of the city to their team hotel at Nariman point from there onwards.The whole team along with the support staff members were present at the gathering along with hundreds and thousands of fans who have lined up on the streets from Altamound Road to Nariman Point.Mumbai Indians’ social media handles along with some of the players posted pictures and videos of the whole event as they went live with the fans and shared their joy at being crowned the IPL champions for the fourth time in the tournament’s history.Mumbai defeated MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings in the final on Sunday by 1 run in a humdinger of a contest in Hyderabad to lift the trophy for the fourth time after 2013, 2015 and 2017.Mumbai is getting ready to welcome the Champions…You can’t be missing this #OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians pic.twitter.com/jRVVowKQcNMumbai Indians (@mipaltan) May 13, 2019Chasing a modest 150 for victory, Chennai Super Kings rode on opener Shane Watson’s innings to reach within touching distance of the target but Mumbai held their nerves and Lasith Malinga produced an outstanding final over to take snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.Mumbai rode on Pollard’s unbeaten 41 to post 149 for 8 but they looked hapless when Watson was in the middle. Watson, who was dropped twice during the knock, was singlehandedly carrying Chennai’s hopes with a belligerent 80 off 59 balls, his innings laced with eight fours and four sixes.advertisementBut once he was run out off the fourth ball of the final over, it was Sri Lankan Malinga who showed his class to snatch the crown from the defending champions.With two runs needed off the final ball, Malinga executed a slower yorker to perfection, trapping Shardul Thakur (2) right in front to send his teammates including skipper Rohit into delirium as Shane Watson sunk in his seat in the Chennai dugout.The win was Mumbai’s fourth in succession against Chennai in IPL 2019 and also their fourth against the Super Kings in an IPL final. Rohit Sharma has led Mumbai on all four occasions. He is the only player to have won the trophy five times – 4 with MI and one with Deccan Chargers in 2009.Also Read | IPL 2019 final was paisa vasool for fans but CSK players heartbroken: Harbhajan SinghAlso Read | We made mistakes but never gave up: MI coach Mahela Jayawardene after 4th IPL titleAlso Read | Rohit Sharma raps with Yuvraj Singh as Mumbai Indians party hard after IPL 2019 winAlso Read | MS Dhoni was really heartbroken, never seen him like that, says Sanjay ManjrekarFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow Mumbai IndiansFollow IPL 2019Follow Mumbai Indians victory paradeFollow Champions paradeFollow MI vs CSK 0 0 covers 1 Mid off covers Mid on Point Lasith Malinga L. Malinga 133/5 ( D. Bravo 18.2 Overs) , 4 Match Ended graphs 148/7 57.14 15 148/7 ( S. Thakur 20 Overs) , MS Dhoni (c)(wk) MS Dhoni (c)(wk) run out (Ishan Kishan) 0 Mid Wicket Jasprit Bumrah (MUM) J. Bumrah (MUM) third Man Mid Wicket Scorecard commentary – Mumbai MUM Deepak Chahar D. Chahar 149/8 Chennai 0 0 0 149/8 Mumbai Indians’ victory parade brings city to a halt as fans celebrate IPL 2019 winMumbai Indians brought Mumbai to a standstill as thousands cheered for the IPL 2019 champions during their open-bus parade in the city. 4 covers 25 13 3 Series Status: Mumbai Indians wins the 2019 Indian Premier League Player Of The Match: Jasprit Bumrah Player Of The Series: Andre Russell No data available! All batsmen are considered right handed Mid Wicket Mumbai Bowling MUM Bowling 0 All batsmen are considered right handed 3/26 (4) 8 0 5 Square Leg Mid Wicket 80 0 49 All batsmen are considered right handed fine Leg 13 Chennai batting CHE batting (20.0) Faf du Plessis du Plessis st Quinton de Kock b Krunal Pandya Mid on 24 0 st Quinton de Kock b Krunal Pandya 0 Point lbw b Rahul Chahar fine Leg 2 lbw b Lasith Malinga (20.0) Square Leg 14 2 c Quinton de Kock b Jasprit Bumrah 0 59 73/3 ( A. Rayudu 10.3 Overs) , Krunal Pandya K. Pandya covers Square Leg Ambati Rayudu A. Rayudu c Quinton de Kock b Jasprit Bumrah 4 1 Shane Watson (CHE) S. Watson (CHE) 0 Ravindra Jadeja R. Jadeja not out 25 (20.0) 0 80 (59) 200 146/6 ( S. Watson 19.4 Overs) , Shane Watson S. Watson run out (Krunal Pandya) 0 0 Point Rahul Chahar R. Chahar 100 1 Mid on 0 3 Mumbai All batsmen are considered right handed Mid off Suresh Raina S. Raina lbw b Rahul Chahar Top Bowlers Top Bowlers fine Leg Point Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND) Umpires: Ian Gould (ENG), Nitin Menon (IND) and Nigel Llong (ENG) third Man Point Dwayne Bravo D. Bravo c Quinton de Kock b Jasprit Bumrah c Quinton de Kock b Jasprit Bumrah 3.5 third Man fine Leg 1 Point advertisement All batsmen are considered right handed fine Leg 4 6s 4s Mid on Hardik Pandya H. Pandya Kieron Pollard (MUM) K. Pollard (MUM) 135.59 Indian Premier League, 2019, Final third Man 5 fine Leg Super Over m e/r third Man Chennai CHE Mid off Mid Wicket view more view less R Mid off 1 (20.0) Mumbai beat Chennai by 1 run 12.25 2 All batsmen are considered right handed 0 run out (Ishan Kishan) 41 (25) 26 B 1 Mumbai MUM 8 view full scorecard 33/1 ( du Plessis 4 Overs) , o covers third Man third Man Extras: 9 runs (B: 5, LB: 0, WD: 4, NB: 0, P: 0) Mid on (20.0) Mid off S/R Fall of Wickets Square Leg 3 1 Mid Wicket All batsmen are considered right handed 2/14 (4) 3.5 0 r w Mid off Mid off run out (Krunal Pandya) 100 Point Mid Wicket Mitchell McClenaghan M. McClenaghan 148/7 0 3 148/7 wd 1 fine Leg Mid on 0 0 Top Batsmen Top Batsmen Point 0 8 Mid Wicket Mid off 0 Deepak Chahar (CHE) D. Chahar (CHE) Shardul Thakur S. Thakur lbw b Lasith Malinga Harbhajan Singh H. Singh 0 0 0 Mid on 2 Toss: MUM elected to bat 14 Square Leg 6 covers 70/2 ( S. Raina 9.2 Overs) , 4 1 Mid on 14 100 third Man 0 Imran Tahir I. Tahir 15 Square Leg nb covers 39 4 82/4 ( MS Dhoni 12.4 Overs) , Square Leg fine Leglast_img read more

North Bengal set to receive heavy rain

first_imgKolkata: The Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore on Sunday predicted heavy rainfall in all the North Bengal districts in the nexttwo days, while the South Bengal districts are likely to receive thundershower and lightning. The weather office added that people in South Bengal may also witness scattered rainfall in the next 48 hours. Andaman and Nicobar islands will also receive heavy shower, accompanied by strong wind measuring around 50-60 km per hour. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaA strong breeze may also sweep through various South Bengal districts in the evening hours of Monday and Tuesday, the MeT office said. A low pressure trough has formed over North East Bay of Bengal, which will bring more rainfall in the state. All the South Bengal districts including the city will receive moderate rainfall. However, humidity related discomfort will continue to haunt people in South Bengal, despite the rainfall. According to the prediction, districts like Cooch Behar, Alipurduar, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Kalimpong will receive heavy rainfall. The situation may improve from Wednesday. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, South Bengal districts including the city may receive moderate rainfall. The Western districts like Purulia, Bankura, Birbhum as well as the coastal districts may witness marginally higher rainfall compared to the other districts in South Bengal. The city’s sky mostly remained cloudy in its various parts on Sunday. Various adjoining districts like North 24-Parganas, Nadia, South 24-Parganas, Howrah and Hooghly received moderate to heavy rainfall. A MeT official said the low-pressure trough will bring about rainfall in South Bengal districts, but the amount of rainfall in North Bengal will be much higher, barring a few scattered pockets.last_img read more

John Collins and Joe Ayoob come up short in World Record attempt

first_imgJoe Ayoob attempting a throw. photo by Chris Newton.Collins spent eight hours the night prior designing planes he felt were best fit to break the record, even changing the design part way through to find a better fit.Ayoob threw over 100 planes trying to get in rhythm for his ten official throws. He explained that attempting so many throws puts lots of pressure on the body.“Sometimes you want to take a break but then you cool down too much,” said Ayoob. “For me in particular, throwing as hard as I do with no weight in my hand, your muscles tend to fatigue pretty quickly.”The duo’s best chance at breaking their record was their third attempt which flew 220 feet, seven feet shy of the record. Collins and Ayoob explained that though they were unable to break the record, the event was still an extreme success and they hope to be back for another shot in the near future.“I would like another shot at the Pomeroy,” said Collins. “Every building has its own character and its own challenges, I think I have a better strategy after my experience at the Pomeroy and I think it doable in here.”“I think we’d love to come back and give this another shot,” said Ayoob. “I know people have been floating the idea around that if we come back and break the record here it would kind of put the Pomeroy on the map.”The duo was brought to the Energetic City thanks to local paper airplane enthusiast Parker Andrews. Andrews explained that though the record wasn’t broken it was still an incredible experience for him. “You don’t fail until you stop trying,” said Andrews.Parker Andrews with his signed John Collins plane. Photo by John Luke Kiepercenter_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Fort St. John will have to wait a little while longer to see a Guinness World Record broken at the Pomeroy Sport Centre.The duo of John Collins and Joe Ayoob gave it their all but were unable to beat their previous world record of 226 feet, 10 inches.“We had four great throws down the right,” said Collins. “If we could have kept our hands on that one plane, if it hadn’t been lost in the lighting fixture it would have been fun to see if we could have broken it.”last_img read more

LKA announces 60th National Academy Award winners

first_imgThe Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA) recently announced 15 winners of the 60th Annual Academy Awards in Mumbai All the awardees will be honoured with a plaque, a shawl and prize money of Rs 1 lakh at the 60th National Exhibition of Art, scheduled from March 25 to April 8 at the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) and Sir JJ School of Art. The winners will also display their artworks at the exhibition. The awardees selected by the two-tier jury are Chandan Kumar Samal (Odisha), Gouri Vemula (Telangana), Hemant Rao (Madhya Pradesh), Hiren Kumar Chotu Bhai Patel (Gujarat), Jaya Jena (Odisha), Jayesh K.K (Kerala), Jitendra Suresh Sutar (Maharashtra), Douglas Maryan John (Maharashtra), Pratap Chandra Chakraborty (West Bengal), Rashmi Singh (Uttar Pradesh), Sachin Kashinath Chaudhari (Maharashtra), Sunil Kumar Viswakarma (Uttar Pradesh), Tabassum Khan (Bihar), Vasudeo Taranath Kamath (Maharashtra) and Veenita Sadguru Chendvankar (Goa). Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThis year, the Akademi received over 6,100 entries by 2,836 artists. The figures almost doubled from last year’s 1,433 applicant artists. The 60th National Exhibition of Art this year will exhibit artistic brilliance and provide a platform to give appreciation and recognition to outstanding artists on a nationwide scale, LKA said. The works to be displayed have come to the forefront, both in terms of material application and aesthetic appeal. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardThe show will cover artworks from a broad range of mediums such as paintings, sculptures, graphics, photographs, drawings, installation and mixed media. The selection of the artworks was done on the basis of the quality of execution, freshness of images, innovative use of materials, novel application of colour and originality of stylistic markers in the works, it added. The first tier jury, which selected 286 artists and artworks from the larger pool of over 6,000, comprised Bhagwan Chavan, Jayprakash Jagtap, Jayant Gajera, Kishor Thakur, Madan Lal, Manisha Raju and O P Khare. The second tier jury for the selection of awards comprised Sanjay Bhattacharya, Dinkar Thopate Chitrakalpal, Suhas Bahulkar, Navin Dhagat, Pandurang N. Deoghare and Prayagjha Chillar.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Calls for Greater Efficiency Transparency in International Humanitarian

Istanbul – Morocco, which makes humanitarian work one of “the pillars of the Kingdom’s foreign policy”, calls for greater “efficiency and transparency” in this action to avoid humanitarian aid diversion or exploitation, King Mohammed VI said.In a message addressed to participants at the First World Humanitarian Summit, held on May 23-24 in Istanbul, the Moroccan monarch underlined that since his accession to the throne, he has keenly sought “to make humanitarian work one of the pillars of the Kingdom’s foreign policy.”“Whenever the need arose, Morocco was one of the first countries to provide humanitarian assistance to those affected by natural disasters or armed conflicts, giving food, medicines and tents, and also deploying multi-specialty field hospitals, as was the case in Palestine, Tunisia and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to alleviate the suffering of our Syrian and Libyan brothers and sisters,” the King said. “The Kingdom’s contributions in the humanitarian field are not limited to emergency aid. In fact, our action in this area is part of a broader approach whereby we seek to alleviate the suffering of vulnerable groups through projects for sustainable development, particularly in sub-Saharan African countries,” he stressed.To tackle the suffering and tragedies resulting from an alarming increase in the number of refugees and displaced persons in the world fleeing the scourge of war and the dangers caused by natural disasters, as well as the adverse impacts of climate change or appalling economic conditions in their countries, King Mohammed VI noted that “attention today should primarily be given to measures that are practical, using a rational approach and adopting proactive, forward-looking proposals that can help promote humanitarian action, without exploitation for political purposes.”He called, in this regard, for “greater efficiency and transparency in the area of humanitarian action, together with verifiable accountability and specific monitoring and evaluation mechanisms. The aim is to make sure refugees – and no one else – benefit from humanitarian aid and to ensure that the aid delivered is not diverted or used for purposes that are damaging to humanitarian action”.“Access to humanitarian aid should also be safe and unhindered, in accordance with such longstanding principles of humanitarian action as neutrality, integrity and independence,” the Moroccan King said, stressing that “humanitarian actors, including medical teams, should also be protected so that the mechanisms of humanitarian action may be consolidated.”With MAP read more

The Source to open 20 new stores this year as rival Best

[np_storybar title=”Best Buy to close 15 stores in Canada; lay off 900 workers” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/01/31/best-buy-to-close-15-stores-in-canada-lay-off-900-workers/”%5DFacing pressure from online electronics retailers such as Amazon and Apple, Best Buy Canada will close 15 of its big box stores before opening smaller outlets. Click here for a full list of closures[/np_storybar]The Source electronics chain will open 20 new stores this year, expecting its small-store strategy with popular products, including cellphones, to attract consumers.More than half of the new stores will open in Western Canada, The Source president Charles Brown said Friday.“In spite of the cautious economic forecast, we continue to see strong consumer spending in key categories, things like headphones and mobility and home entertainment,” Brown said from Toronto.“The beauty of our model with the small store is you can go into a fairly small market and have that store be profitable. You don’t need a massive market for a 2,000-square-foot store,” he said.Telecom giant BCE Inc. bought The Source in July 2009 to complement its Bell wireless products and services.Associated Press  “That’s starting to be a growing part of our business,” Brown said.The announcement comes a day after major retailers Best Buy Canada and Sears Canada announced layoffs totalling some 1,600, a move analysts blamed on the popularity of online shopping and the shrinking demand for super-sized brick-and-mortar stores.“We’re really accessible — 70% of Canadians live within five kilometres of a Source store. So we’re in your neighbourhood. That fits the trend of where things are going today,” Brown said.The company already has 700 small-box locations across Canada, and says about 6% of its business comes from online sales.It also plans on renovating 50 stores, in addition to the new stores which will expand the 67 stores it opened last year, Brown said.He said almost 900 full-time and part-time jobs will be created for the 67 stores opened last year and the 20 stores to open this year.Retail analyst Len Kubas of KubasPrimedia Consultants said The Source isn’t in direct competition with Best Buy or Sears.“Most people who go to The Source are probably going to need a sales person to help (them) with what they want,” Kubas said from Toronto.“You go for a little extra service, you go for personal attention which you may not get to the same degree in a big box store.”Many of the stores doing business as The Source are former Radio Shack stores.The name was changed after U.S.-based Circuit City acquired the Canadian operations.Circuit City later declared bankruptcy and closed all its U.S. locations but the Canadian business survived when it was acquired by BCE Inc. read more

UN official wraps up Pakistan visit with calls to support people affected

Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Kyung-wha Kang visited the Jalozai Camp for displaced people in Nowshera District, in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), which hosts an estimated 32,000 people displaced by insecurity. She met families who have been displaced for years, many still waiting to return home. “The protracted suffering of 1 million people who are displaced in KP and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) is heart-wrenching. More needs to be done to assist them and the host communities whose resources have been stretched to the limit,” said Ms. Kang. “Although Government authorities and the humanitarian community are providing humanitarian assistance and are helping people return home voluntarily, the majority of displaced people need assistance to cope daily,” she added.During her three-day mission, Ms. Kang also met senior government officials in Islamabad and Peshawar, and discussed ways to enhance the close cooperation between the authorities and the international humanitarian community in assisting people in need. Ms. Kang commended the Government of Pakistan for its significant support to vulnerable communities in KP and FATA, and also discussed ways to strengthen ongoing relief efforts and programmes in Tharparkar and the surrounding districts in Sindh, where communities continue to be affected by chronic malnutrition. “Food insecurity remains a major concern in Pakistan where more than half of the population does not have enough to eat,” she said, adding that nearly half of all children under five suffer from chronic malnutrition. “But we are only reaching about 25 per cent of the estimated 130,000 children who require life-saving nutrition support in drought-affected areas.” Ms. Kang highlighted that more resources are needed to help humanitarian partners establish more community-based malnutrition treatment sites, enhance emergency health services, build and rehabilitate water harvesting structures, and improve livelihood support in affected areas.She also called for long-term disaster risk initiatives to help mitigate the impact of recurrent monsoon floods. Since 2010, over 30 million people have been affected by flooding during the monsoons, many of them multiple times. “The solutions are there but we won’t be able to implement them unless all partners – the Government of Pakistan, the UN, civil society, and philanthropists alike – come together to urgently tackle these challenges,” said Ms. Kang. read more

With Libyans now fighting the wars of others inside their own country

Briefing the Council via video teleconference from the Libyan capital, Ghassan Salamé, who is also the UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative, said: “The war around Tripoli has already left nearly 1,100 dead, including 106 civilians.” SRSG Ghassan Salamé presented to the Security Council a three-part immediate action out of the conflict in #Libya : Full remarks: https://t.co/WQCiPE5fmW video: https://t.co/vB4P20GZTb pic.twitter.com/Bc6yzXDUuC— UNSMIL (@UNSMILibya) July 29, 2019 “Hundreds of thousands of people have fled their homes in the capital and neighbouring districts as a result of the fighting; tens of thousands crossing the border to Tunisia seeking safety for their families.” The conflict exploded on 4 April when the head of the eastern-based militia known as the Libyan National Army (LNA), General Khalifa Haftar, launched an offensive against the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA), based in Tripoli.  “The war has worsened humanitarian conditions and hindered access to food, health and other life-saving services,” Mr. Salamé stressed. “The parties, ignoring calls for de-escalation, have intensified air campaigns, with precision airstrikes by aircraft and armed drones”. The geographical scope of the violence has also spread.  According to the UNSMIL chief, on 26 July, for the first time, the GNA forces launched an air attack on the main rear base of the LNA in the Jufra region. And on 27 July, General Haftar s forces launched airstrikes at a GNA airbase in Misrata. In addition to heavy weapons and ground attacks, there is an increase in foreign mercenaries.  “Forces on both sides have failed to observe their obligations under international humanitarian law,” lamented Mr. Salamé, calling “the most tragic example of indiscriminate attacks” a migrant detention centre hit on 2 July, which killed 53 and injured at least 87, including children.  Tragedy at SeaTo add to the downward spiraling situation, on 25 July, up to 150 migrants lost their lives after a boat they were travelling in capsized off the coast of Libya, further underlining “the urgent need to address the root causes of the migrant issue and their immediate suffering”, the Special Representative stated. As UN humanitarian agencies work diligently to mitigate the “terrible conditions” in detention centers that are holding over 5,000 refugees and migrants – 3,800 of whom are exposed to fighting – Mr. Salamé urged the Council to call upon the authorities in Tripoli to shutter them and free those detained.  “UNSMIL has devised a plan for an organized and gradual closure of all detention centers and seeks your support for its implementation”, he continued, noting that so far this year, nearly 4,500 refugees and migrants disembarked in Libya, “with serious risks of detention, arbitrary arrest and being trapped by the fighting”.  The Special Representative urged European countries “to respond to the Secretary-General’s repeated pleas, revisit policies and move migrants and refugees to safety”. He also noted “with alarm” the increasing frequency of attacks on Mitiga airport, which serves as the only functioning airport in the greater Tripoli area, several of which “have come perilously close to hitting civilian aircraft with passengers on board”.  “I am afraid that with the almost daily bombardment, luck will run out”, he said. “I call upon the authorities in Tripoli to cease using the airport for military purposes and for the attacking forces to halt immediately their targeting of it”.  Uptick in violenceBriefing the council on the latest assaults, he explained that on 26 June, pro-GNA force retook the city of Gheryan, some 80 kilometers south of Tripoli. “There are unconfirmed allegations that human rights abuses may have taken place in the town, which we are investigating”, warned Mr. Salamé, expressing fears that the recent “uptick in violence” may be “a new phase in the military campaign”. The LNA maintains that they will not stop their attack until Tripoli is conquered while the GNA forces insist they can push General Haftar s forces back to eastern Libya. And yet, “the parties still believe they can achieve their objectives through military means”, he highlighted, saying that both leaders have “publicly reaffirmed their commitment to a future political and electoral process but have yet to take practical steps to stop the fighting”.  “Libya’s present and future need not be taken hostage by the warring parties,” argued the Special Representative.  Turning to information dissemination, he underscored “the hatred and invective on social media and satellite television stations is fueling the violence on the ground”.  “I urge those who dwell in their self-contained silos of enmity to cease spewing hatred and start talking face-to-face with their compatriots,” he exhorted. Pointing to the armed drones, recoilless rifles, mortar and rocket launchers that have been transferred to Libya, the UNSMIL said the nation “has become a terrain of experimentation of new military technologies and recycling of old weapons”.  IOM/Moad LaswedThe aftermath of the devastating airstrike on the Tajoura Detention Centre, in the suburbs of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, on 2 July.“There is no doubt that external support has been instrumental in the intensification of airstrikes,” he observed adding that imported weaponry is being accompanied by foreign personnel working as pilots, trainers and technicians.  “More than ever, Libyans are now fighting the wars of other countries who appear content to fight to the last Libyan and to see the country entirely destroyed in order to settle their own scores,” Mr. Salamé declared.  Indications show that the weapons delivered by foreign supporters are “falling into the hands of terrorist groups or being sold to them”, he bemoaned. “This is nothing short of a recipe for disaster”. UN Mission’s reduced footprint Due to the security situation, UNSMIL had to reduce its presence in Libya, but has not pulled out, allowing the UN to respond to humanitarian needs, human rights concerns, de-escalating the fighting and resuming the political process. He was “particularly worried” that health workers and facilities are “repeatedly targeted”, noting that many medical doctors and health workers have been wounded and killed, “including 5 yesterday”.  “Impunity should not prevail especially for those who attack hospitals and ambulances” Mr. Salamé spelled out. “Protecting civilians and humanitarian workers requires sanctions against those committing crimes”. “Almost seventy years ago, the United Nations decided to create an independent Libya”, he concluded. “Only with your imprimatur we can together help the Libyans move past this dark and violent episode and towards a more hopeful and promising future”. read more

The UK Motor Industry in your pocket

The UK new car market is now the second largest in Europe and Britain is home to more car manufacturers than any other European country. Add in the component and commercial vehicles sectors and it is clear why the industry employs more than 800,000 people. Data on the sector including analysis of employment, environment, taxation and registration figures are included in Motor Industry FACTS – 2002 published today by SMMT.Produced in conjunction with Lex Vehicle Leasing, Motor Industry FACTS – 2002 is distributed free of charge to the media, MPs, civil servants, academics and other groups interested in the UK automotive industry.Speaking at the launch, SMMT Chief Executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘The information contained within Motor Industry FACTS – 2002 illustrates the size and scale of British automotive industry. SMMT exists to promote the motor industry and the information in this pocket-size guide demonstrates the significance of our industry to the UK economy.‘We’re particularly delighted to be working with Lex Vehicle Leasing on Motor Industry FACTS – 2002, as the company is also the sole supplier of cars to SMMT.’Steve Hornsey, Marketing Director Lex Vehicle Leasing said, ‘At Lex we are excited about this launch. Our involvement stems from our desire to understand more about where our industry has been and where it’s likely to go. Knowing the facts is what makes the difference between insight and ignorance and this guide is set to become an essential resource.’Motor Industry FACTS – 2002 is available on the SMMT website Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

The Cavs Fixed Some Big Problems Will It Be Enough

How the new Cavs would have projectedFull-season CARMELO projections for the Cleveland Cavaliers, after accounting for Thursday’s trades George Hill25+0.8-1.1 With just hours remaining before the NBA trade deadline, the slumping Cleveland Cavaliers took drastic action: They traded away half of their rotation. They added younger, more athletic wing players and solid bench contributors. They added a veteran point guard. They at least attempted to shore up a disastrous perimeter defense. And while the team is undeniably improved as a collection of talent, and probably improved as an Eastern Conference contender, it’s unclear whether the moves will be enough to stage a legitimate challenge to the Golden State Warriors — or to convince LeBron James to stick around this summer.Cleveland added Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. from the Lakers and reportedly George Hill from Sacramento and Rodney Hood from Utah. The Cavs also brought back a conditional second-round pick in the deal with Miami for Dwyane Wade.Just as important as the players coming in for Cleveland are those on their way out: Isaiah Thomas — the centerpiece of the Kyrie Irving trade during the offseason — has been terrible since returning from a hip injury early last month. Derrick Rose, Jae Crowder and Iman Shumpert have each disappointed in their own way. They are now all gone. Reallocating their minutes to even replacement-level players would have nudged the Cavs’ outlook upward; giving them to competent or above-average players should provide a massive lift. Wade is a more significant loss — it was his stewardship of the second unit that stabilized the team early in the season — but with rookie Cedi Osman seeing more playing time and now with the additions of Hood and Clarkson to the wing rotation, Wade’s role likely would have been reduced.Cleveland has more live bodies and young talent than it did before these moves. But young talent doesn’t necessarily translate to a better outlook on the season. According to an updated version of FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection that uses Box Plus/Minus and Real Plus-Minus data from this season, the current Cavaliers roster would project to win 46 games in a fresh 82-game season. That’s an improvement from the weak projection for Cleveland’s previous roster, which came in at a projected 43 wins, but still not very impressive for a team that views itself as a legitimate title contender. Team total240+4.3-2.1 Jordan Clarkson25+0.5-2.0 Cavaliers’ projected record46.036.0 LeBron James33+5.4+0.8 winslosses PlayerMin. per gameOff plus/minusDef plus/minus Cedi Osman5-1.5-0.4 Kevin Love26+2.1+0.4 Tristan Thompson25-1.20.0 Larry Nance Jr.20-0.3+2.1 Jeff Green16-0.9-1.1 Kyle Korver14+1.0-1.2 JR Smith15-0.3-1.3 London Perrantes0-4.6-1.2 Replacement-level players4-1.7-0.3 John Holland0-3.2-1.1 Rodney Hood25+0.3-2.0 Ante Zizic7-2.2+0.3 This is obviously a rough projection that doesn’t take into account the relatively good fit for the incoming players, nor does it account for further tinkering. (According to Marc Stein of The New York Times, Cleveland is leaning toward adding Kendrick Perkins, who was recently playing in the G League, to improve its locker room chemistry.) And on those fronts, there are reasons for Cleveland to be optimistic.Hill is the quintessential off-ball point guard who thrives on off-ball shooting but can initiate the offense if necessary. His overall numbers have been down with Sacramento, but at age 31, he is shooting a career-best 45.3 percent on 3-pointers and 48.1 percent on corner threes; he will see a lot of open looks playing with LeBron. More important will be whether his plummeting defensive numbers are an accurate reflection of his ability or a symptom of playing with other Sacramento Kings. The Cavs have had a rotating cast of some of the league’s worst defenders playing point guard this season — Rose, Thomas, Jose Calderon — so it’s not as though Hill could do much more harm than has already been done. But if he can contribute competent defense at the point guard position, it would be a first for this iteration of LeBron’s Cavs.Hood’s role will be as a volume scorer and the Cavs’ secondary shot creator. He obviously isn’t a one-to-one replacement for Irving, but he’s been relatively efficient (55.1 true shooting percentage) on relatively high usage (27.5 usage percentage). For reference, that’s roughly comparable to John Wall’s usage rate and better than his efficiency. It’s his first season carrying that sort of load, and he’ll have to adjust to the Cleveland offense, but his solid outside shooting (38.9 percent this season, 37 percent for his career) should ease that transition. And while Hood is a below-average defender, at 6-foot-8 he isn’t as difficult to hide as Thomas. Plus, with Rudy Gobert missing a bunch of time to injury this season, there’s reason to believe that Hood’s terrible on/off defensive numbers (the defense is 6.2 points better with him off the floor) were thrown off a bit because of mismatched lineups.Nance and Clarkson should see big minutes in bench roles. Nance is a good defender and rebounder and a strong finisher, but he has struggled as a pick-and-roll screener. According to Second Spectrum, the Lakers have scored just 78.2 points per 100 chances created by Nance pick-and-roll possessions, including 82.1 points per 100 when paired with Clarkson. Both numbers are awful. The Cavs don’t play at the same warp speed as the Lakers, so Nance will have to adjust to the new offense. But he provides a sturdy, young big off the bench for a team that had relied on calcifying veterans, undersized stretch fours and combinations of the two.Clarkson, meanwhile, gives the Cavs an acceptable backup point guard. He’s a decent shooter, a decent passer, a decent scorer and a half-decent defender, which makes him a seismic upgrade over what the Cavs have been working with at that position.For the first time since LeBron has been back in town, the Cavaliers have a roster stocked with young, active contributors, not young stars mixed with ancient role players. LeBron has a history of incorporating the aged — think Kyle Korver, James Jones, Mike Miller, Richard Jefferson — but hasn’t had to incorporate many younger players whose talents extend past standing behind the 3-point line waiting for him to make something happen. If things go well, the Cavs may thrive in a way they haven’t to this point. If they don’t, well, they were dysfunctional to begin with. They could have swapped in a half-dozen potted plants wearing Adidas and improved the defense.It’s difficult to project just how such a drastic retooling will gel by the time the playoffs roll around. But the effect on James’s free agency should be more clear: The Cavs have committed to winning in the current window but are doing so on their own terms. According to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, Cavs GM Koby Altman neither consulted LeBron on today’s moves, nor did he ask James to make a commitment beyond this season before the moves were made. Hood and Nance are solid pieces around whom the Cavs can build a respectable roster if James leaves in free agency. And they still have the Brooklyn first rounder that came in the Kyrie Irving deal. Cleveland began the day attempting to chase down DeAndre Jordan and Kemba Walker and, more abstractly, to erase the disarray that the Irving trade set into motion. They ended up making a complex series of moves that makes them better without adding an All-Star. That may be enough. Or it may not.— Neil Paine contributed research. Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Team USAs OldTimers Arent Dead Yet

RIO DE JANEIRO — Exasperated, Tony Azevedo slapped the water with both hands and screamed, “Swim!” Azevedo’s teammates on the U.S. men’s water polo team were still on the far side of the pool after Spain scored on a counterattack and took a 3-2 lead. Azevedo was one of the few American players who had raced back to defend. The U.S. men fell 10-9 to Spain on Monday in group play despite five-time Olympian Azevedo’s relentless hustle (and one goal).“They all call me grandpa,” said Azevedo, who is 34. “But when we’re training, I can still do everything, and I make fun of them for being 14 years younger.” Keeping himself in game shape takes more effort than it used to, though. Azevedo, whose black kinesio tape is visible through the water, running along his neck and down his right shoulder, said he basically lives in the training center. “I don’t even think in my first two Olympics I knew there was a training center,” he said.By now, you’ve no doubt heard plenty about the longevity of Michael Phelps and Kerri Walsh Jennings, who are both attending their fifth Olympic Games. But there are others, like Azevedo, in this illustrious group of Olympic veterans. Twenty-eight of the more than 500 American Olympians in Rio have been to at least four Summer Olympics (including Rio),1Team USA’s data did not include Ryan Lochte’s 2012 games. We added him to the list and removed the Bryan brothers, who missed the 2016 Games over health concerns. and despite their age (or perhaps because of it), many of these veterans are still in contention to medal.Kim Rhode — one of the best skeet shooters in the world — will be competing in her sixth Summer Games this week and could become the first Olympian in history to medal in six consecutive Summer Games. Among current U.S. Olympians, only fellow shooter Emil Milev and equestrian rider Phillip Dutton have been to as many games as Rhode (although each represented a country other than the U.S. earlier in their careers — for Milev, it was Bulgaria and for Dutton, Australia).At the U.S. track and field Olympic trials in Oregon last month, 32-year-old high jumper Chaunté Lowe jumped 6 feet, 7 inches, the best jump in the world this year, ahead of 18-year-old media darling Vashti Cunningham, the daughter of former NFL quarterback Randall Cunningham. Lowe and Cunningham both qualified for Rio and will jump for Team USA on Aug. 18. But that doesn’t mean Lowe is doling out Olympic wisdom gleaned from her previous three games.“I think it’s a testament to Vashti that I won’t share everything with her,” Lowe told me from a rooftop overlooking an empty Olympic Stadium that will soon be filled with spectators watching her jump. “I can’t give her an advantage.” Lowe said there are “at least 100 things” she does differently now, in her fourth games — from arriving early for drug-testing protocols to pre-game preparation. But she won’t get much more specific than that. “Vashti’s still at home,” she said through a grin.Everyone’s (rightly) looking to 19-year-olds Katie Ledecky and Simone Biles to rack up the golds, but don’t sleep on the old heads either: Four-time Olympian Sue Bird is likely to grab a fourth gold, Carmelo Anthony may get his third, and sprinter Allyson Felix, competing in her fourth Olympics, could snag a gold on the 4x400m relay team.We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here. read more

Yoga could be as effective as a pill at cutting blood pressure

Scientists said it is a similar drop as patients would see from taking a water pill, which are commonly given for high blood pressure. The new research involved 60 volunteers with raised blood pressure.–– ADVERTISEMENT –– Around 12 million adults take drugs for high blood pressure, which is the single biggest trigger of heart disease and stroke. Yoga could be as effective as a pill at cutting blood pressure, a study suggests.  Doing just 15 minutes of exercises like the “downward dog” five times a week was found to reduce their readings by around ten per cent. The research found that volunteers with elevated levels saw improvements after doing just 15 minutes of the activity daily.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Ashok Pandey, a 16-year-old who… read more

Botnet seller Joshua Schichtel gets 30 months in prison

first_imgA man is set to begin a 30-month prison sentence because of one $1,500 malware transaction that ended up infecting around 72,000 computers. Although the sentence may seem harsh, it is almost universally believed that Joshua Schichtel caused much more havoc, but was just never caught in any other case.As for the legally verifiable claim against him, Schichtel was convicted of selling a botnet to a client. The client, whose exact goals were not specifically described, paid Schichtel $1,500 for the software and even though Schichtel wasn’t actually the one with malicious intent, he is the one heading to federal prison.It is believed that he had a robust online operation in which nefarious users wanted to spread malware, but did not have the technical knowhow to do so. If true, Schichtel had been acting as their “supplier,” collecting money for the botnets and other malicious programs. He could also have been using the same software himself for other covert and potentially illegal purposes.It seems like he has been able to escape the law for the most part, though. In 2004, he was among multiple defendants named in a case about malicious Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks against online retailers, but the suit was dropped because of a technicality.As all criminals learn, it just takes getting caught one time to put an end to the ride. For Schichtel, that came in 2009 when the charges were first filed. The ruling was just recently announced.Schichtel’s sentence also carries a term of three years supervised release once his 30 months of behind-bars time is finished.More at the Department of Justice, via Ars Technicalast_img read more

Will enough millions roll over to next TCI Fiscal Year

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Mar 2015 – Government has under spent by a reported $15.8 million dollars according to the Opposition Leader; who announced this during her contribution on the Budget Debate which is ongoing in the House of Assembly and only some of that money will roll over into the new fiscal year. During a press conference held at the Providenciales International Airport in late January, Finance Minister Washington Misick said $6 million dollars will be rolled over to support policy commitments and that it will not go to debt reduction. The Minister at the time said the late start to the financial year delayed opportunity to spend on many projects and initiatives. Hon Washington Misick will have an opportunity for rebuttal where he can clarify if truly $9 million dollars in unspent government money from last fiscal year will actually go into the sinking fund. After three quarters of the 2014/2015 fiscal year, the country was operating in a $60.6 million surplus. Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Budget cuts hurt, but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate on hurricane funds Related Items:budget debate, house of assembly, washington misicklast_img read more

Surfrider Foundation supports new plastic straw ban to reduce plastic pollution

first_img January 1, 2019 Surfrider Foundation supports new plastic straw ban to reduce plastic pollution Posted: January 1, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Starting today, businesses will no longer give out single-use plastic straws unless requested. One local organization supports the new law as it helps protect out ocean.Taylor Leigh Cannizzaro joins KUSI to discuss Surfrider’s fight to get rid of plastic pollution. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom last_img read more